November 18 - Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse!

Even Mickey Mouse had to get his start somewhere.

On this day 83 years ago, Disney released the first ever successful sound-synchronized animated cartoon, when "Steamboat Willie" premiered in New York City. This would be the first time audiences would get to see Mickey Mouse, who as we all know would become the eventual face of Disney cartoons.

Disney considers this day to be the birth of Mickey Mouse, which would make today his 82nd birthday. Mickey has appeared in hundreds of Disney movies since the 1920's, including "Fantasia 2000", "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?", and "Jiminy Cricket" to name a few.

In 2009, Disney announced that they would be rebranding the Mickey Mouse character. They will be moving away from the cheerful and pleasant image he portrays now, and focusing more on his devious side. This rebrand will be first shown to the public in the release of "Epic Mickey", a video game that was released on November 30, 2010.


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